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'''Maria Thompson Daviess''' (November 25, 1872 – September 3, 1924) was an American novelist and artist, best known for her popular novels written with a "Pollyanna" outlook. Daviess was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky in 1872. After her father died when she was eight, her family relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. She studied one year at Wellesley College, and then went to Paris to study art. Returning to Nashville, she continued to paint and also took up writing. Her first novel, ''Miss Selina Lue and the Soap-box Babies'' was published in 1909. ''The Melting of Molly'', published in 1912, was one of the Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States in the 1910s#1912|top best-selling books for the year. She published sixteen novels between 1909 and 1920. In 1921, she moved to New York City, where she died in September 1924. She did not marry and had no children.Gaston, Kay Baker....
Imagesize| caption = {{small|Portrait of Maria Thompson Daviess by Ella Sophonisba Hergesheimer, frontispiece of Anne Ashley's master's thesis, "Harpeth Valley in the Fiction of Maria Thompson Daviess," 1935.)}}
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Birth placeHarrodsburg, Kentucky
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Death placeNew York City
NationalityAmerican
EducationWellesley College
FieldNovelist and artist
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